i love peruvian food and this is the best restaurant to get started and be familiar with their food. although it only has a few choices on their menu you will never be dissapointed. I have been going to this restaurant since i was in junior high school back in '98 and never stopped going :}
My boyfriend first brought me to Pio Pio 3 years ago and I have since become a devoted fan. The food here is AMAZING! This restaurant, with locations both in Queens and Manhattan, focuses on a limited menu of rotisserie chicken and a few key Peruvian specialties. The chicken is dressed to perfection with a combination of spices that give it such flavor and is always cooked to just the right point of tenderness. You get family style portions that usually include at a minimum, french fries and a delicious salad, but there are other sides to choose from including rice and beans, tostones and salchipapas. Peruvian seafood specialties include the spicy ceviche and jalea, which is a fried dish that includes every kind of seafood you can think of. I cannot possibly do justice to the flavor explosion that is the aji (the hot pepper sauce), a ubiquitos presence on your table no matter what you order. The house sangria is a required part of any meal experience at Pio's. This fruity concoction is sweet and highly potent, and an attentive staff constantly refills your glass as you savor your food. The music and the clientele are both loud, so if you want to have a quiet conversation - be warned - you'll have to sit close! No worries though - my boyfriend and I came here often when we first started dating, and having to get REALLY CLOSE in order to have a conversation was a GREAT thing. On any given night, you can find families, couples and groups and everyone is having a great time. Pio Pio offers its clientele a taste of Peruvian authenticity with its impeccable food, exquisite decor, attentive staff, and music that ranges from American pop to Spanish rock to salsa's and merengues that make you wish you could get up and dance. Pio's success can probably best be summed up by owner Augusto's constant presence - most nights he can be seen seating customers, directing traffic and clearing tables. You might wait for a table on weekend and Wednesday (live Andean music) nights, but its so worth it. The prices are unbelievable for the incredible food you get. I just can't say enough - except maybe, don't forget to get dessert!
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